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How Untreated GERD Symptoms Can Lead to Esophageal Cancer

“Oh, it’s just heartburn.”

How often have you heard someone say that or maybe even thought it yourself? The reality is that heartburn (also called acid reflux) is more than just annoying. Left untreated, gastroesophageal reflux disease, or GERD, symptoms can lead to esophageal cancer.

Let’s back up a step: Acid reflux, as most of us know, is that uncomfortable feeling that something you ate is coming back up. It can feel like a burning sensation—or even pain—behind the sternum. It happens when the contents in your stomach flow upward into the esophagus because the valve between the two organs doesn’t close properly.

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9 Signs of Fatty Liver Disease

Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease, or NAFLD, affects up to 25 percent of the population, according to the American Liver Foundation. And yet many people don’t even know exactly what it is—much less how to find out if they have it.

Quite simply, NAFLD is the buildup of extra fat in the liver cells. Unlike alcohol-related liver disease, it is not caused by drinking too much, although both conditions can cause the liver to swell, which can lead to scarring (cirrhosis) over time and even liver cancer or liver failure.

NAFLD is seen most often in people who are overweight or have diabetes, insulin resistance, high cholesterol or high triglycerides. But it also can develop much more infrequently in people with none of those conditions, like marathon runner Nick Giordano, who was diagnosed with NAFLD as a young man shortly after getting married.

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Do Probiotics Aid Digestive Health?

A decade ago, we didn’t hear much about probiotics. Sure, we had a vague sense that yogurt might be good for us, but most of us would have cited the calcium as its major benefit—not the live bacteria.

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7 Home Remedies for GERD Relief

Most of us enjoy the occasional celebration. Imagine a big Italian meal out with friends. The wine is flowing. You know it’s fried, but you order the chicken Parmesan anyway and it’s good. The night ends with more wine and chocolate.

You go home and it’s late so you go right to bed and—bam!—heartburn so bad you can’t sleep. Your throat is burning. Your stomach hurts. The lingering taste of chocolate has been replaced by a sour stench.

May 02, 2017 | Dr. Maher Salam

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10 Ways to Reduce Acid Reflux

Millions of Americans experience heartburn and its more serious cousin, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), every day. A bitter mouth, constant coughing and chronic fatigue are just a few of the common symptoms, and they can wreak havoc on sleep, mood and overall quality of life.

Fortunately, GERD and other forms of acid reflux are almost entirely preventable and there are ways to reduce acid reflux. While some people are more susceptible than others, some lifestyle choices can exacerbate or alleviate the condition. The following are 10 tips that may help you cut down on your heartburn and eat worry-free once again.

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